Last Updated on April 5, 2021
When I arrived in Palm Springs a few weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it has become more vegan-friendly.
Back when I used to live in the area (about 7 years ago) and the last time I visited (about a year ago) there were hardly any vegan-friendly restaurants making it hard for vegans to eat out confidently. The growing veganism trend sweeping across the United States (& the world!) has restaurants adapting and offering vegan options. Not only that, but there are now more and more fully vegan cafes popping up everywhere!
Being the vegan foodie that I am, I took it upon myself to try the most raved about vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes in the greater Palm Springs area to put together this list for you. This post is in partnership with Visit Greater Palm Springs – thanks for the support! Bookmark it for when Coachella rolls around – or whenever you want a relaxing, vegan-friendly, weekend getaway in the desert!
Heirloom Craft Kitchen
Heirloom Craft Kitchen is one of the best vegan-friendly options in the Indio area. This is more of a healthy-fast service concept, where you order upfront and the food is brought to your table within a few minutes. They offer a variety of lunch food items like salads, sandwiches, burgers, and small plates, but what I really enjoyed was their vegan menu. The veganism trend has had many restaurants offering some vegan-friendly options, but most fast-service restaurants will have a limited menu for this. Heirloom kitchen has its own separate menu of vegan-friendly options so you can feel confident when ordering. No accidental cheese added to your sandwich! I tried the blistered shishitos (delicious roasted peppers, like the Spanish pimientos de padrón!) and avocado toast (duh, 🥑 addict here!) and they were both delicious! They also offer vegan bruschetta, a farmers salad, and sandwiches – plenty of healthy lunch options to keep vegans happy! Perfect place for a quick lunch in-between sightseeing (or before heading to Coachella!). Heirloom Craft Kitchen also offers brunch on the weekends.
Cork & Fork
Neighborhood: La Quinta
Cork & Fork is another great option if you’re looking for a vegan dinner. Like Heirloom Craft Kitchen (same owners), they also offer a separate vegan menu which include items like a farmers salad, avocado toast, vegan tacos, crispy cauliflower, and vegan pizza. They also offer a peach sorbet for dessert- which is really refreshing. I tried the crispy cauliflower as a starter and the vegan pizza for the main – they were both good, although my spot for favorite vegan pizza still goes to Pieology (I like choosing my toppings! 🤷🏻♀️) Nevertheless, Cork & Fork is a great option if you’re looking to have a nicer dinner. The service is attentive, space is romantic, and there is something for everyone – vegan or not! The portions are also a great size. I was only able to eat 1/4 of my pizza after the cauliflower. I would probably split the meal next time.
Side note: one thing I really appreciate about vegan food in the states is vegan pizza! It’s surprisingly hard to find in Europe 😢
Neighborhood: Rancho Mirage
Pieology is a chain that’s become increasingly popular in the past 2 years because it has great pizzas. Simple as that. I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll mention it again – I’m not a fan of chains – BUT Pieology seriously has the best pizzas. The concept is simple: choose your crust, choose your sauce, and add as many toppings as you’d like. I like that, getting to add as many toppings (and whichever toppings as I’d like). Being vegan, I’ve learned to LOVE veggies (used to hate them up until 2 years ago…) and I like to add as many of them as possible to everything. So my vegan pizza at Pieology HAS to be eaten with a fork & knife, only because each slice is so heavily packed with veggies. It’s SO good. They offer vegan (order the gluten-free crust & vegan cheese) and regular pizzas. There’s a pizza for every liking. Yum!
Neighborhood: Rancho Mirage
Same concept as Pieology, but their vegan pizzas are not as great – in my opinion. They are still delicious, but for some reason, I prefer Pieology. Nevertheless, it’s still a good option if you’re looking for vegan pizza, and I will choose it over Pieology occasionally (I don’t like routines).
Citrus And Palm
Neighborhood: Indian Wells
Citrus and Palm is a gorgeous restaurant located inside the equally stunning Miramonte Resort. This restaurant has a poolside terrace where I, of course, chose to have lunch. Their menu is varied, offering a little something for everyone – vegan or not. Their lunch options are all on the healthier side, and they have a few very delicious vegan options. I really enjoyed the ‘grain bowl’ which is a hearty bowl of quinoa, wild rice, and a mix of roasted veggies (including my favorite – roasted butternut squash!). It was SO good, and even better accompanied by the sugar-free pineapple ginger agua fresca and finished off with some hot green tea. The perfect lunch! I came here with my mom, a non-vegan, and she ordered the avocado and turkey sandwich which she also loved. Overall we loved this vegan-friendly restaurant.
Have you tried any of these vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants in Palm Springs? Have any other favorites? Let me know in the comments below!